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SPIRITS ABROAD – Cover reveal

So if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (or worst of all, BOTH), you will have seen this plenty of times, but I am super excited about it and will not rest till I have posted it on every Internet outlet possible. I may start printing it off and sticking it to lamp-posts.

For lo! I have a cover!

SPIRITS ABROAD cover - woman's face with eyes shut and a frangipani in the middle of her forehead

Back copy

“If you live near the jungle, you will realise that what is real and what is not real is not always clear. In the forest there is not a big gap between the two.”

A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.

Straddling the worlds of the mundane and the magical, SPIRITS ABROAD collects 10 science fiction and fantasy stories with a distinctively Malaysian sensibility.

Launch

The book will be out in a week’s time (!) from Fixi Novo, an imprint of Buku Fixi, an indie press I’ve been following with great interest since it was started up by the confusingly multi-talented Amir Muhammad. Fixi has taken off in a huge way since its early days, and I am thrilled to be published with them.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the launch will be at Whitebox @ Publika, starting at 5 pm on Saturday 21st: the Facebook event has more details. Fellow Malaysian SF author Ee Leen Lee will also be launching her book, 13 MOONS. It should be good! Do come if you are in KL. (Must BYO spirits, though.)

How you can get ahold of the book

Because a couple of people asked — the paperback will be available for purchase on Amazon US if you’re outside Malaysia. I’ll put up a link when it’s up. I’ll also be selling/giving away a few once I get ahold of my author copies, and I’ll be happy to ship those anywhere in the world.

Plus, I’m planning to release an ebook version soon, which will probably have extra stories. \o/ I’d also like to include other extras, though I can’t think of anything just this minute. What sort of extras would you like to see? Maybe I’ll do a “DVD commentary” (do people still do these for fic?), or an interview or something. (I will interview … MYSELF)

Anyway! I don’t expect to shift that many copies of the ebook, but I just want to make sure any readers outside Malaysia can get ahold of the book easily if they want it (and TBH, to the extent that I have readers, the overwhelming majority of them are outside Malaysia). If you’re inside Malaysia, though, it’ll be super easy to get — order from the website (not yet la, after launch only can), or in stores.

Full Table of Contents below the cut!

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Love in Penang: cover reveal and my story DOUBLE-BLIND

Love in Penang cover

The Love in Penang cover! This anthology of short stories is being launched at the Georgetown Literary Festival at the end of the month. (The programme looks so cool! I wish I could go.) But you can buy it now from the Buku Fixi online shop if you’re in Malaysia, or pre-order from Amazon.com if not.

(If you are wondering what those grey things are, they are not tong sampah, but phone booths. The picture is based on street art by Ernest Zacharevic, though the original has apparently been removed now.)

My short story DOUBLE-BLIND is one of my very few non-SFF stories. It’s basically a romcom inspired by a meet-cute story about how a relative met her spouse. (It’s obviously not actually about my relative and her spouse, that would be a bit weird.)

“It’s OK, Mei Yi,” said Bee. “I don’t have a girlfriend also. I don’t have a boyfriend, for that matter.”

“It’s different for you,” said Mei Yi gloomily. “You’re 12 years further from death than me. Anyway, you’re like an amoeba.”

It’s a very serious story. :| I have a vague plan at the back of my mind to write a series of interconnected romcom/chicklit-ish love stories set in contemporary urban Malaysia, but I don’t know when I’ll ever get around to it. Anyway, DOUBLE-BLIND would be one of them if I ever got going with that plan!

I am chuffed to be published by Fixi Novo. I’ve had a couple of fairly ephemeral publications in Malaysia, like CHICKEN CHICKEN BANG BANG, but I’d like to put out more there. I do have Plans, so watch this space. *mysterious* <– *not really that mysterious if you’ve seen my access-locked posts on DW*

Also,  just by the bye, you can now buy the ebook of The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic for your Kindle, if you so desire, on Amazon or Amazon UK.

Wah, it takes super long to do one of these posts lor. And the Stories page is getting kind of unwieldy! Let me know if you notice any broken links, OK. I should really go through them all and check them one by one, but am too lazy. >_<

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Confirmation!

My flashfic Jebat Dies (or its secret fanfic title Three Ways Hang Jebat Died, And One Way He Didn’t) is in the April issue of Esquire Malaysia, available at all good newsstands near you.* Concrete evidence kindly provided by Amir Muhammad and reproduced below.

Photo of Esquire Malaysia magazine

The art is so cute, right? Macam Thundercats aje. The story is mostly not SF, but consists of four scenarios:

  • Hang Jebat’s actual, Zaman Kegemilangan Kesultanan Melayu Melaka, mengamuk-and-then-kena-executed-by-Tuah death
  • Jebat and Tuah are gamer geeks who are members of the same of RPG guild
  • Jebat and Tuah are actors in a modern film adaptation of Hang Tuah
  • Jebat and Tuah are space academy alumni who are officers in a thinly-disguised version of Starfleet

*If you are located in a part of Malaysia where English-language magazines are widely available.

ETA: If you aren’t so located that you’re able to pick up a copy of Esquire Malaysia from your local newsstand, it appears you can buy a digital copy of the issue online at Pocketmags, iTunes or direct from Mongoose Publishing. It looks like you’d be getting it as a mobile app.

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